Let me give you a pop culture trivia test. Can you finish this famous line Jim McKay used to open ABC’s Wide World of Sports? “Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport. . . the thrill of victory and . . .
What comes next?
“The agony of defeat!”
Do you remember what happened when he said, “The Agony of Defeat?”
That poor guy would go sliding off the side of a ski jump spinning like a helicopter. Did you ever wonder who he was and what happened to the poor fellow? All those falls every week for twenty years had to take its toll!
ABC actually used a variety of other shots for “The Thrill of Victory” but they never changed the Agony of defeat. The poor fellows name was Vinko Bogataj, a Slovenian ski jumper. The event was the World Ski Flying Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany (then West Germany) on March 21, 1970. A light snow was falling and this was Vinko’s third attempt. On the way down he realized the conditions made the track too fast so he tried to squat down and end the jump. But of course he lost control and we saw it from then on.
Aren’t you glad your one big mistake wasn’t the lead-in for an international sports program for two decades? Vinko suffered a minor concussion and came back the next year. But he was never quite the same.
The agony of defeat. It happens to athletes. It happens to Christians too. You might not have intended to blow it. You thought you never would. You thought that you were spiritually bullet-proof. But then when you least expecting it you find yourself at the bottom of that ski slope broken and bruised and embarrassed. Spiritual agony of defeat.
It happens. It even happened to David. King of Israel. The only person that the Bible says, “A man after God’s own heart.” But he blew it. Adultary. Conspiracy. Murder. Spiritually David was defeated. At that moment he showed us what to do.
When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. (Psalms 32:4-5)
When you experience the agony of defeat God still loves you and wants to heal your life.
That’s the good news, now have a great day.